- to take into the stomach by drawing through the throat and esophagus with a voluntary muscular action, as food, drink, or other substances.
- to take in so as to envelop; withdraw from sight; assimilate or absorb: He was swallowed by the crowd.
- to accept without question or suspicion.
- to accept without opposition; put up with: to swallow an insult.
- to accept for lack of an alternative: Consumers will have to swallow new price hikes.
- to suppress (emotion, a laugh, a sob, etc.) as if by drawing it down one's throat.
- to take back; retract: to swallow one's words.
- to enunciate poorly; mutter: He swallowed his words.
- to perform the act of swallowing.
Origin of swallow1
Synonyms for swallow
Examples from the Web for swallowable
Historical Examples of swallowable
His jaws resumed the burden of reducing that persistent caramel to a swallowable state.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
But she had failed to reduce it to a swallowable size; it stuck in his throat, and, do what he would, he could not bolt it.Our Bird Comrades
Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
- to pass (food, drink, etc) through the mouth to the stomach by means of the muscular action of the oesophagus
- (often foll by up) to engulf or destroy as if by ingestionNazi Germany swallowed up several small countries
- informal to believe gulliblyhe will never swallow such an excuse
- to refrain from uttering or manifestingto swallow one's disappointment
- to endure without retaliation
- to enunciate (words, etc) indistinctly; mutter
- (often foll by down) to eat or drink reluctantly
- (intr) to perform or simulate the act of swallowing, as in gulping
- swallow one's words to retract a statement, argument, etc, often in humiliating circumstances
Word Origin for swallow
- any passerine songbird of the family Hirundinidae, esp Hirundo rustica (common or barn swallow), having long pointed wings, a forked tail, short legs, and a rapid flightRelated adjective: hirundine
- See fairy swallow
Word Origin for swallow
"take in through the throat," Old English swelgan (class III strong verb; past tense swealg, past participle swolgen), from Proto-Germanic *swelkh-/*swelg- (cf. Old Saxon farswelgan, Old Norse svelgja "to swallow," Middle Dutch swelghen, Dutch zwelgen "to gulp, swallow," Old High German swelahan "to swallow," German schwelgen "to revel"), probably from PIE base *swel- (1) "to eat, drink." Cognate with Old Norse svelgr "whirlpool," literally "devourer, swallower." Sense of "consume, destroy" is attested from mid-14c. Meaning "to accept without question" is from 1590s. Related: Swallowed; swallowing. The noun meaning "an act of swallowing" is recorded from 1822.
migratory bird (family Hirundinidae), Old English swealwe, from Proto-Germanic *swalwon (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian, Swedish svala, Danish svale, Middle Dutch zwalewe, Dutch zwaluw, Old High German swalawa, German Schwalbe), from PIE *swol-wi- (cf. Russian solowej, Slovak slavik, Polish słowik "nightinggale"). The etymological sense is disputed. Popularly regarded as a harbinger of summer; swallows building nests on or near a house is considered good luck.
- To pass something, as food or drink, through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
In addition to the idioms beginning with swallow
- swallow one's pride
- swallow one's words
- bitter pill to swallow